Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Google ‘Arbitration Optional’ Harassment Plan Limits Groups

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Google ‘Arbitration Optional’ Harassment Plan Limits Groups

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced changes in how the company will handle claims of sexual harassment.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced changes in how the company will handle claims of sexual harassment.

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Google announced changes to how it will handle claims of sexual harassment among employees, including making arbitration optional for individual harassment and sexual assault claims. While additional transparency and protection for workers is a sign of progress, the change is incremental rather than transformative, because Google’s arbitration provision still prohibits collective action. Harassment claims will no longer be forced into private arbitration, but only individuals can now bring their claims before a jury.

It’s unclear whether Google, which has a history of confusing its employees around confidentiality, will make the process of opting out clear or easy. Google has become quicker and more responsive to employee concerns. Nonetheless, a publicized email from CEO Sundar Pichai and an accompanying interview in *The New York Times* still seem like the kind of gauzy public relations efforts that motivated 20,000 employees to join a protest last week to demand transparency and meaningful change. *The Times* reported last month that Google executives were allowed to leave with multimillion-dollar exit packages following credible claims of harassment against them.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Virgin Hyperloop One Gets a New CEO: Jay Walder

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Virgin Hyperloop One Gets a New CEO: Jay Walder

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Virgin Hyperloop One names Jay Walder, a veteran transportation professional who has headed up some of the biggest transit agencies in the world, as its new CEO.

Virgin Hyperloop One

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Virgin Hyperloop One names Jay Walder, a veteran transportation professional who has headed up some of the biggest transit agencies in the world, as its new CEO.

Virgin Hyperloop One

Wouldn’t it be really, really nice to get places really, really fast? That’s the promise of the hyperloop, a transportation idea popularized in the 21st century by none other than its Chief Engineer/Magician/Dreamer, Elon Musk. Five years after Musk wrote a white paper on the concept of a maglev train inside a frictionless, air-free tube, hyperloop has become a sort of legitimate business. Four companies with more than $300 million in funding are competing to build the first real one. And yet: For all its promise, all its sheer coolness, a tube that might transport people or goods 350 miles at speeds up to 750 mph still isn’t a thing yet.

Today, though, the idea gets an injection of street cred, with Virgin Hyperloop One’s announcement that it has hired Jay Walder as CEO. Walder will replace Rob Lloyd, who headed up the hyperloop company for three years.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired A ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Is Finally in the Works—Tread Lightly

Hexbyte Tech News Wired A ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Is Finally in the Works—Tread Lightly

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Bryan Cranston doesn’t know whether he’ll be reprising his role as Walter White, but a feature script from show creator Vince Gilligan is in the works.

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Bryan Cranston doesn’t know whether he’ll be reprising his role as Walter White, but a feature script from show creator Vince Gilligan is in the works.

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Welcome back to The Monitor, Wired’s round-up of the latest in the world of culture: big casting announcements, can’t-miss trailer-launches, and other film and TV news you might have missed. Think of it as your twice-a-week catch-up on what’s happening now. (Just don’t expect any updates on the actual What’s Happening Now!!–at least until that show gets a gritty Hulu reboot in mid-2020.)

Cine-Meth Paradiso

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta questioning President Trump at Wednesday’s news conference.

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta questioning President Trump at Wednesday’s news conference.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared a video Wednesday evening of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s interaction with President Trump and a White House intern to defend the White House’s decision to revoke Acosta’s press pass. A WIRED review of Sanders’ video reveals that it originated with conservative media sites and was presented in a way that makes the incident seem more dramatic than it was. Images from the video may not have been altered, but the effect is potentially misleading to viewers.

In releasing the video, Sanders said it offered proof of Acosta’s “inappropriate behavior” with the intern. But differences between Sanders’ video and an unedited version of the incident led to charges Wednesday that the White House had altered the video for political purposes.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Bees Are Dying Off. Tiny QR Code Backpacks May Help Save Them

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Bees Are Dying Off. Tiny QR Code Backpacks May Help Save Them

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Science hasn’t been giving us a tremendous amount of good news these days. We’re speeding toward climate catastrophe, for one. We’ve screwed up the environment so badly, it’s hard to even call it an environment anymore. And that’s coming back to bite (or sting) us: Bee populations, which we rely on to pollinate our crops, are plummeting.

But science is also coming to the rescue, by gluing QR codes to bumblebees’ backs and tracking their movements with a robotic camera. Researchers have created a system that tracks individual bees as well as the dynamics of whole colonies exposed to imidacloprid, a neurotoxin that belongs to the infamous neonicotinoid group of pesticides. The findings aren’t pretty, but they may go a long way in teasing apart how neonicotinoids are ravaging bees, and how we might save these fliers.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Illusion Fueling the Post-Midterms Conservative News Machine

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Illusion Fueling the Post-Midterms Conservative News Machine

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The Daily Briefing host Dana Perino was just one of many pundits filling the airwaves during the midterms.

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The Daily Briefing host Dana Perino was just one of many pundits filling the airwaves during the midterms.

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As gray clouds cleared Wednesday morning, the feed that broadcast out of Trumpland beamed a bright, bloody red. Unsurprisingly, the ostensible victory—a continued firm hold on the Senate and critical, if slim, gubernatorial wins—emboldened many Republican acolytes whose loyalties lie with the president’s camp.

Amongst Trump supporters, news moves at a dizzying, disorienting pace. The hostile quell of democratic progress is a constant tool of counterprogramming used by right-wing media entities and pundits, a stubborn brand of media narrative pillared by non-apology and paradox. And so the headlines of Trumpland reflected as much: Republicans did not lose control so much as the party happily, powerfully maintained it. It was, in the president’s phrasing, a “Big Win!” But a deeper truth persists, and flickers just as bright. The hoped-for blue wave failed to wash ashore, but the tide shifted still: For the first time since Trump assumed office two years ago, there will now be House of Representatives oversight of the Executive Branch.

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Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Aristotle Was Wrong—Very Wrong—But People Still Love Him

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Aristotle Was Wrong—Very Wrong—But People Still Love Him

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Surely the Greeks weren’t the first to ponder the nature of the universe. Just think about it. Aristotle and his friends were having discussions about physics in the 350 BC time frame. But beer and wine were first created thousands of years before that. Thousands. It seems plausible that there were some other humans sitting around, drinking their fermented barley, and talking about why stuff happens. Right?

I suspect that we attribute these first physics discussions to Aristotle because some of his ideas survived with his successors and was passed down all the way to modern times. Aristotle’s ideas had a major impact on the philosophers and early scientists in the Renaissance era. In fact, his ideas about physics survived for an extremely long period—even though they were essentially wrong. Even today many people naturally tend to think of forces and motion in the same way as Aristotle, because they seem to make sense. I guess we should go over these ideas.

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Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers picturepan2/spectre

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers picturepan2/spectre

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Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Spectre.css

Spectre.css is a lightweight, responsive and modern CSS framework.

  • Lightweight (~10KB gzipped) starting point for your projects
  • Flexbox-based, responsive and mobile-friendly layout
  • Elegantly designed and developed elements and components

Spectre is a side project based on years of CSS development work on a large web service project. Spectre only includes modern base styles, responsive layout system, CSS components and utilities, and it can be modified for your project with Sass/Scss compiler.

Spectre.css is completely free to use. If you enjoy it, please consider donating via Paypal for the further development. ♥

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Getting started

There are 5 ways to get started with Spectre CSS framework in your projects. You can either manually install or use NPM, Yarn and Bower.

Install manually

Download the compiled and minified Spectre CSS files. And include spectre.css located in /docs/dist in your website or Web app part.

Install from CDN

Alternatively, you can use the unpkg or cdnjs CDN to load compiled Spectre.css.

Install with NPM

$ npm install spectre.css --save

Install with Yarn

$ yarn add spectre.css

Install with Bower

$ bower install spectre.css --save

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Compiling custom version

You can compile your custom version of Spectre.css. Read the documentation.

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Documentation and examples

Elements

Layout

Components

Utilities

  • Utilities – colors, display, divider, loading, position, shapes and text utilities

Experimentals

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Browser support

Spectre uses Autoprefixer to make most styles compatible with earlier browsers and Normalize.css for CSS resets. Spectre is designed for modern browsers. For best compatibility, these browsers are recommended:

  • Chrome (LAST 4)
  • Microsoft Edge (LAST 4)
  • Firefox (EXTENDED SUPPORT RELEASE)
  • Safari (LAST 4)
  • Opera (LAST 4)
  • Internet Explorer 10+

Spectre supports Internet Explorer 10+, but some HTML5 and CSS3 features are not perfectly supported by Internet Explorer.

Designed and built with ♥ by Yan Zhu. Feel free to submit a pull request. Help is always appreciated.